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Former WWE Champion Comments On Rumors Of Triple H Holding Him Back

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (November 10, 1990) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1990, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1990’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Kerry Von Erich vs. Buddy Rose

2. The Barbarian vs. Red Tyler

3. Paul Roma & Hercules vs. Scott Colton & Reno Riggins

4. Jim Duggan vs. Doug Vines

5. Legion of Doom vs. Orient Express

• Former WWE Champion Comments On Rumors Of Triple H Holding Him Back

In this flashback article, we take a look at an old shoot interview with former WWE Champion Rob Van Dam, where he talked about rumors of Triple H holding him back in WWE.

Below are the highlights:

Interviewer: Does he (Triple H) get a bad reputation because he’s the boss’s son-in-law? The reason I asked was that there were rumors stating that he had put a stop to Booker T winning over him at WrestleMania 19. So, is it just bad reputation or are the rumors true?

RVD: Again, how would I know! How would I possibly know if Triple H and Vince and Michael Hayes and whoever are in the office, whoever they’re gonna bury! How would I possibly be privy to that conversation or what’s going on there!

Yeah sure, people talk about that and you see what you see, him dominating. And then if you figure, he’s in the decision-making position and he’s the one dominating, then of course you’re gonna say, “Hey he’s beating everybody”.

And then when you have your favorites that you’d rather see come up but you see him stomping them down then, I think anyone’s got a right to their opinion just from observing. But I haven’t heard from anybody that’s been in those meetings.

Interviewer: Paul London mentioned you in a recent interview saying you were one of a few wrestlers that Triple H holds back because he’s afraid of your success and that you’re a better worker than him. Your thoughts?

RVD: The vibe that I always got from him was that he had his own agenda and I never felt like he thought like “hey RVD is a great role model presentation for WWE, let’s put the belt on him.” I never felt that. I think that he didn’t look at me in that manner and I never felt like I was like one of the guys that he was gonna get behind or anything like that.

Interviewer: Why wouldn’t he?

RVD: First off, it’s very cliquish. Second off, back in the day when I was in WWE the first time through, they didn’t test us and I used to smoke pot. And I would come in reeking. Stephanie one time said to me, “Rob, at least change your shirt. Don’t just put it in our face like that.”

That was like when I was there from 2001 to till when I got busted. But then I stayed afterwards till I finished out my contract and left on my own. A lot of people don’t know that. They think I got fired or something. But that was a big part of it. I felt that he didn’t approve of that (smoking pot).

The wrestling’s cliquish. The best way to explain it is: They go to All Japan. On our bus there was what we called the office that sat in the front – Stan Hansen, Del Wilkes “The Patriot”, Johnny Ace. In the back where I sat with Sabu and Steve “Dr. Death” Williams and Gary Albright and we were the guys. When we got to town we would find supplies and we would party. That’s just how it was.

And I think the office always looks at the partiers as if they’re risky to invest behind. Triple H could definitely say something to cause me to want to hit him for sure. Especially back in the day, for sure, he could have been like that close.

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